Srinagar: Seven persons, including an Army
officer and four militants, were killed in a fierce overnight
gun battle in north Kashmir`s Kupwara district, officials said
The encounter broke out at Awathkul forest area of
Kralipora, 130 kms from here, yesterday when police assisted
by Army launched a search operation following information
about presence of heavily armed militants, they said.
Intermittent firing was going till late afternoon, IG
(Kashmir) SM Sahai said, adding, "We have lost two boys
(policemen) and an Army Lieutenant in the gun battle."
An army spokesman said four militants were killed in the
operation so far.
He said the casualties suffered by militants could not be
ascertained immediately as "it is a difficult terrain and so
far we have not recovered body of any militant from the scene
of the gun battle."